One Nation under God

Inside the courtroom, the debate over the Pledge of Allegiance focuses on constitutional law. Outside the courtroom, more personal choices arise that focus on how we each view the relationship between religion and civic life. Join guest host, NPR's Brian Naylor, for a discussion of the meaning of "one nation under God."


Alan Wolfe
*Professor of political science at Boston College
*Director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Steve Aden
*Chief litigation counsel for the Center for Law and Religious Freedom, which is affiliated with the Christian Legal Society

Douglas Laycock
*Professor of law and associate dean for research at the University of Texas, Austin

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